Alan Scott, the original superhero in the DC Universe to take the name The Green Lantern, is finally coming out in the comics’ mainstream continuity.
First introduced in 1940, the original version of Scott was straight and over the years, got married to two different women and even had kids. In 2012, an alternate universe version of the character was introduced into the DC Universe who was gay and had never married a woman. This will be the first time that the Golden Age version of the character is confirmed as gay.
Scott comes out in the comics in Infinite Frontier #0, written by out comics writer James Tynion IV, where he tells his twin children, Jade and Obsidian, that he’s gay. “Back in an earlier time I kept a part of myself hidden from my friends and peers,” he tells them. “I even let myself get married a few times to women I did love with all my mind, but I did that knowing there was something about myself I was hiding away.”
“I’m gay," he continues, “I let a few of the boys in the [Justice] Society know back in the day, and I’ve had a good deal of… friends over the years.”
“How incredibly brave of Alan," Wonder Woman responds.
This news comes ahead of an upcoming Green Lantern animated series coming to HBO Max, developed by Love, Simon and Arrow creator Greg Berlanti. Berlanti has called the show “the biggest DC show ever made.”
Scott is set to be one of the main characters of the 10-episode show, which is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) and Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim. The show will “span several decades” and “focus on two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth,” as well as stories in outer space according to HBO Max Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey. The show will also feature other Green Lanterns like Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, Guy Gardner, Sinestro, and Killowag.
The show has already confirmed that Scott would be gay, "true to the comics."